Jade Gresham will continue his football career at Essendon, with the Saints finalising a move for the 26-year-old restricted free agent today.

“Jade has been an important part of this football club for eight years, including a significant contribution throughout the 2023 season,” List Manager Stephen Silvagni said.

“However, whilst Jade was keen to explore a path forward that allowed for new opportunities for his career, the Club in turn determined that this also allowed it to continue its commitment to bringing in talented young players through the draft.

“Jade has been a popular teammate, with close relationships across our club which we’re sure will continue.

“We wish Jade all the best for this new chapter.”

Following Gresham’s departure, the Saints have received pick No. 21 as a compensation.

The Saints draft hand now stands with picks No. 13, 21, 34 and 55.

“This compensation pick further enhances our commitment to the Draft, as we look to add to our pool of quality young players.”

Gresham was drafted to the Saints with pick No. 18 in the 2015 National Draft.

He made his debut in Round 1 of the 2016 against Port Adelaide, going on to play a total of 136 games as a Saint.